Saturday’s programming at Highland Park in Roanoke features two overlapping arts events: the session in the Roanoke Parks and Arts series, and “The Hap,” a plein air painting event organized by Old Southwest, Inc. Here’s the city press release about Parks and Arts:
On Saturday, Aug. 31, Highland Park will be the location for the next event in the city’s Parks and Arts Program.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park, located at 641 Walnut Ave SW. Performing artists will include YoYo Players, the Wright Kids, and Rob Smith (Silly Bus). In addition visual artists Katherine Devine (Face Painting) and Gwynn Hall (Painting) will be on hand to provide activities. Plus, The Hap – an event that includes an Art Show, Auction, and Food and Beverage Garden – will be presented by Old Southwest, Inc.
Parks and Arts events provide venues for a wide variety of local and regional artists, dancers, and musicians to showcase their talents.
With a focus on community settings, these events meld the outdoors with the arts, engage residents in art, and promote neighborhoods’
diverse cultural and historic resources.
And here’s more details about “The Hap,” courtesy of Lynn Hunt.
This is Old Southwest Civic League’s second year of sponsoring this event and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. With 30 artists painting Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhood , as well as the “art department” from Highland Elementary School also painting the same landscape, Roanoke Parks and Rec have partnered with us to present Peforming Artists that include: YoYo Players, The Wright Kids from Martinville and Rob Smith’s Silly Bus.
Back in the days when families flocked to the neighborhood parks, with marching bands and picnics, this will be a page out of yesterday for a holiday full of free family entertainment art and music.
The artists plein air silent auction will begin at 2:00 with final winning bids and awards announced at 3:00. There will also be a “Fence Art Show” with great bargains in original art available for purchase.
Refreshments will be available at the Park…all this planned for Labor Day Sat. Aug. 31 from 11:00 – 3:00.